RANCHO MIRAGE, Calif. – The University of New Mexico women’s golf team shot its highest round of the tournament, but was able to hang on for its eighth Mountain West Conference golf championship on Saturday. The Lobos beat league newcomer San Jose State by one shot on the Dinah Shore Tournament Course at Mission Hills Country Club.
The Lobos shot 38-over-902 (295-295-312) in the 54-hole event. San Jose State had a final round 309 – also its highest round of the event – and finished at 903.
Fresno State, San Diego State and UNLV tied for third at 909.
The Lobos went into Saturday’s final round with a two-shot lead and three hungry teams nipping at their heels and rode the clubs of Manon De Roey, Sammi Stevens and Manon Mollé – who all finished in the Top 10 – to grab the 2014 title by one shot over San Jose State.
The Lobos also won the Mountain West crown in 2003 by one shot.
This marks UNM’s eighth overall MW title since the league’s inception in 1999. It is the fourth Mountain West title for New Mexico under Jill Trujillo, who was named league coach of the year, and the Lobos’ first league crown since 2010.
Mollé struggled over the first 11 holes which cost her a shot at the 2014 individual title, but the talented New Mexico freshman played the final seven holes at one-over.
The 2014 title came down to the final hole. If Molle, the last Lobo on the course, carded a par or better, the Lobos would win. A bogey, and the Lobos would be locked in a tie with San Jose State. Mollé got the par and the Lobos got to celebrate.
MWC MEN: In Tucson, Lobo teammates Gavin Green and Victor Perez share the individual lead at 3-under through two rounds, but New Mexico doesn’t seem to be in the mood to share team honors. The No. 23-ranked Lobos shot a 3-under 281 on Saturday, seven strokes better than No. 37 San Diego State, and stretched their lead over the Aztecs to nine shots entering today’s final round at the par-71 Omni Tucson National course.
UNM is 8-under through two rounds. UNLV is third at 7-over 575.
Green and Perez are tied with San Diego State’s Richardo Michelini for first. Lobo Sam Saunders lurks in fifth place, two shots back. Sean Romero is at 2-over and Andrej Blevins, whose 69 led the Lobos in Friday’s first round, soared to 76 on Saturday.
WAC WOMEN: In Mesa, Ariz., Idaho shot 45-over par through three rounds, but that was good enough for a four-shot victory over New Mexico State in the league tournament that concluded on Saturday. NMSU’s Viviana Macias finished third at 11-over.